Government & Politics

Albany's Role in Developing Business Opportunity on Long Island

State Assemblyman Charles Levine and Andrea Lohneiss, former regional director for the Empire State Development Corporation, discuss the role that Albany plays in building and developing business opportunity and growth on Long Island.

On May 1, unionized workers at the Strand Bookstore formed a picket line in front of their workplace, and were joined by participants from Occupy Wall Street. The Strand's unionized employees' contract expired last September, and they say they're preparing to authorize a strike vote.
John Farley  |  May 3, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
On May Day, workers at the Strand Bookstore picketed their workplace and said they're planning to vote whether to authorize a strike. VIDEO
Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented his preliminary budget for 2013 in February. Cuts to youth services have advocates and elected representatives up in arms. Photo by Edward Reed.
Georgia Kral  |  May 2, 2012 4:00 AM | Updated: May 3, 2012 4:20PM | 1 Comment
Cuts to city-subsidized child care slots and after-school programs have advocates and elected officials up in arms.VIDEO
The G Train speeds by the temporarily defunct Smith St.-9th Street Station. In 2009, five G stops were added to preexisting stations south of the Smith St. station, and while ridership has surged at three of those stations, the MTA is considering closing the G platforms. Flickr/Seth Thomas Rasmussen
John Farley  |  April 26, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
Three stations where the G train was extended in 2009 saw a surge in straphanger entry between 2008 and 2011.
One of many posters for May Day 2012. This poster, created by artist Rich Black, calls on people to take to the streets on May 1, either in permitted marches or general strike actions. Image courtesy of Occuprint.
John Farley  |  April 25, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
On May Day, Occupy activists will join forces with labor unions and immigrant rights activists. But there's still some friction between the various groups involved.VIDEO
Valerie Neng, WHEDco's sustainability manager, in front of Urban Horizons, a building the organization made green out of financial necessity. Adi Talwar/City Limits
Patrick Arden for City Limits  |  April 23, 2012 12:39 PM | Comments
If New York is going to meet the mayor's greenhouse goals, its apartment buildings are going to have to get greener. But getting there is difficult.
A container ship owned by CMA CGM unloads cargo at the Port of Newark, N.J. A new project to replace two water tunnels in the Anchorage Channel is part of a plan to prepare for massive post-Panamax ships that will soon pass through the Panama Canal and make their way up the Eastern seaboard.
John Farley  |  April 23, 2012 4:00 AM | 2 Comments
The Panama Canal expansion will allow double the cargo and much larger ships to call at New York's harbor by 2024.
n a march over New York's Brooklyn Bridge to protest the Department of Corrections policy to "funnel" illegal immigrants into the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention and deportation program. AP/Bebeto Matthews
John Farley  |  April 20, 2012 2:02 PM | Comments
MetroFocus met four immigrants whose own experiences led to careers fighting for the rights of others.
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Alice Brennan and Curt Skinner for the New York World  |  April 19, 2012 1:52 PM | Comments
This new series by the New York World explores spending on political influence in New York State.
Mayor Bloomberg announces the winners of BigApps 3.0 at the IAC Building. Image courtesy of NYC EDC.
Georgia Kral  |  April 18, 2012 10:53 AM | Comments
In a city-sponsored competition, tech start-ups use city data to create apps that serve New Yorkers' needs. VIDEO
Gov. Chris Christie has responded with indifference to questions about whether he's interested in being a vice presidential candidate. Meanwhile, in New Jersey, his polling numbers have dropped slightly. Flickr/forwardstl
John Farley  |  April 18, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
Christie's overall rating remains positive among New Jersey residents, but he's lost five points since February despite a significant rise in approval from public worker households.VIDEO
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